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Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.
Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!
Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.
When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at Melissa.Stern@wdaftv4.com


Recent Articles
  • In a downtown KC neighborhood full of apartments, one house still stands, and the owner isn’t selling

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 68-year-old metro man has lived in his Quality Hill home near 12th and Jefferson his entire life. As a matter of fact, so did his parents…and his parents’ parents! Now, he’s the last house standing, surrounded by apartments, but he says he won’t sell his home. “Building number five, that one`s four, three, two, and one, and there`s two more up on the hill,” Eugene Ramirez pointed out. If you drive through his Quality Hill […]

  • Metro man calls for changes at downtown dog park after his ‘co-pilot’ falls five stories and dies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro man is hoping changes are made to a downtown dog park after his nearly 3-year-old lab mix, Brutus, mistook a low concrete ledge, and fell nearly five stories to his death. It happened at rooftop dog park near 12th and Main Street in the Power and Light District. “He went everywhere with me, he was my co-pilot,” said Patrick Cardona. Cardona took his dog, Brutus, to this rooftop park downtown one evening last week […]

  • Change of brands announced for Kansas City Convention Center hotel

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s out with Hyatt, and in with another luxury name for the downtown Kansas City Convention Center hotel. The city announced that Loews Hotels and KC Hotel Developers, LLC will break ground on the new 800-room hotel project this fall and open in 2020. The new hotel will be located  close to Bartle Hall, Municipal Auditorium, and the Power and Light District. The chairman and CEO of Lowes Hotels says the company will not only build […]

  • 92-year-old woman and her daughter still without power after weekend storms

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Power & Light says it has restored power to more than 99 percent of their customers who lost power during last weekend’s storms, but there are still about 1,000 customers going on to day three with no power. One of those customers is a 92-year-old woman and her daughter, still waiting. “It was just a lot of water coming down, lightening, stuff like that. We’ve had bad storms, but this one was different,” said […]

  • Oak Grove couple comforted by kindness after losing baby wants to help others going through grief

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — An Oak Grove couple who went through the emotional ordeal of losing a child during labor wants to help other grieving parents move forward. They want to give back some of the kindness they received during a devastating time. “I had no issues, everything was perfect, the growth, the heart-rate, everything was perfect,” said Jamie Anderson. Everything about Jamie and Andy Anderson’s pregnancy was normal and healthy, until she went into labor in October of 2009. […]

  • Grandfather of boy found dead in home says family grieving through difficult time as KCPD investigates

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Northland man came home on Tuesday and found the body of his 8-year-old son. Now police are working to determine how the boy died and where his mom is right now. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke to the boy’s grandfather on Wednesday. “I drove in town because we had an accident here,” Eddie E.L. Warren, the victim’s grandfather, said. Warren came to Kansas City from Quincy, Illinois after his son called him with terrible news […]

  • Upgrades at Kansas City playgrounds provide options for kids to have new adventures

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Things are heating up on metro playgrounds, but it’s not just monkey bars and merry-go-rounds. Some kids are getting in on a new adventure with a trip to the park. “This one was pretty fun, they had a lot of fun on the zip line,” said one parent, Jennifer Boyer, about the Karnes Playground at Roanoke Park. “There`s a lot more to do,” said 15-year-old, Isaiah Boyer. Parents and kids alike are enjoying the new features […]

  • ‘Totally fooled me’: More homeowners warn of Overland Park contractor operating under different company names

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — New victims are complaining about a familiar problem, the name involved may be different, but the complaints sound the same. Some homeowners say they’re building a case against an Overland Park contractor. “I googled Dash Services and found nothing, I dug a little further and found his name, someone else had reviewed him on Yelp, and I saw his previous company name was BOSS Construction, then I googled BOSS Construction, and found out what I should […]

  • Pastor brought to tears after vandals tear through KCK church

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A KCK church vandalized overnight has the pastor and church members shaken up. Police say the vandals caused more than $75,000 worth of damage. The vandalism took place overnight at Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church in KCK. The pastor here says he was expecting the damage to be bad, but what he saw brought tears to his eyes. He wants those responsible for the damage to be caught, because if they are capable of causing this […]

  • Homeowner warns of Overland Park contractor who she says cheated her out of work and thousands of dollars

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Dozens of people are out thousands of dollars after hiring a contractor out of Overland Park, and now want to warn the community, because they say this man takes your money and doesn`t complete the job. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern received multiple emails about David Rosales, and if you check reviews online, you`ll see countless negative reviews about Rosales and his company — Boss Construction. But what many of these victims say is that he used […]

  • KC apartment resident warns about men posing as movers in professional attire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman is warning the community about two men who she says are dressing professionally to get inside homes. That woman lives in a south Kansas City apartment complex – The Kings Apartments off of Interstate 49, just south of Red Bridge Road. Aikiela Wilson has lived at The Kings Apartments for about a month. On Wednesday evening, her cousin called her and told her someone came to her door. “She said ‘well they said […]

  • Olathe Northwest High School graduate turns advocate after coming down with tuberculosis

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe Northwest High School graduate is calling on personal experience to become an advocate against tuberculosis. The 21 year old now wants to raise awareness and educate the public. “I was coughing for about two weeks, and I lost ten pounds in a short amount of time really quickly,” said Zee Pinkerton, who graduated from Olathe Northwest two years ago. During his senior year, doctors diagnosed him with tuberculosis.  But Pinkerton said it wasn’t easy for […]